23rd-29th September 2017


Activitiy Meeting Time Return Time
Krav Maga: Self Defence Classes 10:30am 12:00pm
EXIT Newcastle: Save the City 10:45am 13:00pm
Krav Maga: Self Defence Classes 11:30am 13:00pm
Cocktail Training 11:15am 13:30pm
Go Ape 11:00am 15:15pm
Go Ape 12:00pm 16:15pm
Bubble Football 12:00pm 14:45pm
Jesmond Grub Crawl 12:45pm 16:15pm
Victoria Tunnel 12:45pm 15:00pm
Spot White Snooker & Pool 13:00pm 14:45pm
Angel of the North 13:00pm 15:00pm
Bubble Football 13:00pm 15:45pm
Cocktail Training 12:45pm 15:30pm
Toon Food: Fat Hippo 13:30pm 15:15pm
Toon Food: Zapatista 13:30pm 15:15pm
Aquarium: Blue Reef 13:45pm 16:45pm
The Gate Grub Crawl 14:00pm 17:00pm
Grainger Market 14:00pm 15:45pm
EXIT Newcastle: Save the City 13:45pm 16:00
Rock Climbing 13:45pm 16:30pm
Paintballing 13:45pm 16:30pm
Ice Skating 13:45pm 17:00pm
Bubble Football 14:00pm 16:45pm
St James' Park Tour 14:30pm 16:15pm
Go Ape 14:00pm 18:15pm
Better Extreme Trampoline Park 14:15pm 16:30pm
The Dog & Scone: Dog Café 14:15pm 16:30pm
Jesmond Grub Crawl 14:15pm 17:45pm
Discovery Museum 14:15pm 17:00pm
Eldon Square Grub Crawl 14:30pm 17:30pm
Toon Food: The Purple Bear 14:30pm 16:15pm
Toon Food: Zapatista 14:30pm 16:15pm
Toon Food: Mr Lynch 14:30pm 16:15pm
Toon Food: Fat Hippo 14:30pm 16:15pm
Canny Kitchen: Cookery Classes 14:45pm 17:00pm
Beach Trip with Fish and Chips 14:00pm 17:45pm
Crazy Golf: Lost World Adventure 14:15pm 17:30pm
Jesmond Dene: Pets Corner 14:30pm 16:45pm
Battlezone Laser 14:15pm 18:15pm
Trip to Durham 14:00pm 19:15pm
Redhouse: Beer, Burger, Brewery 14:30pm 17:15pm
Toon food: Longhorns 15:00pm 16:45pm
Spot White Snooker & Pool 15:00pm 16:45pm
Angel of the North 15:15pm 17:15pm
Better Extreme Trampoline Park 15:15pm 17:30pm
Bubble Football 15:00pm 17:45pm
Cocktail Training 15:15pm 17:30pm
Toon Food: Herb Garden 15:15pm 17:30pm
Quad Biking and Mud Buggying 14:45pm 19:00pm
Battlezone Laser 15:00pm 19:00pm
Jesmond Grub Crawl 15:30pm 19:00pm
The Gate Grub Crawl 16:00pm 19:00pm
EXIT Newcastle: The Attic 15:45pm 18:00pm
Paintballing 15:45pm 19:45pm
Cocktail Training 17:15pm 19:30pm
Gory Tour 18:45pm 21:00pm
Kafeneon: Greek Banquet 19:30pm 22:15pm

Check out your Freshers’ Week daytime activities below! There’s loads to get involved with and you’ll get to see the very best that Newcastle has to offer!

Included FREE in your wristband will be a whole host of exciting, exhilarating and eye-popping activities for you to sink your teeth into. This is a great way for you to fully immerse yourself into the beautiful city of Newcastle, see the sights, hear the sounds and taste the flavours of this vibrant and one-of-a-kind city. To sign up to the activities you’ll need to come to the Stretch Tent (the massive tent opposite the Students’ Union) between 8am and 5pm. All activities have limited spaces but all of them are repeated on multiple days throughout the week. Many of you will have inductions lectures during Freshers’ Week – but don’t worry! These lectures will all be finished by 2pm. We’ve ensured that any activity that takes place before 2pm will be repeated after 2pm!

Angel of the North

Since spreading its wings in February 1998, Antony Gormley's The Angel of the North has become one of the most talked about pieces of public art ever produced. Rising 20 metres from the earth near the A1 in Gateshead, the Angel dominates the skyline, dwarfing all those who come to see it. Made from 200 tonnes of steel, it has a wingspan of 54 metres. Getting up close and personal with the Angel is an experience you'll never forget!


Flex those shoulder muscles, prove your sporting prowess and get competitive with Archery. You’ll have the opportunity to start target practice under careful supervision from fully trained staff. Live out your dream of becoming a Hunger Games tribute, stay cool and precise under pressure and take part in a range of competitive (but friendly) Archery games.

Aquarium: Blue Reef

Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium is home to hundreds of incredible creatures from around the world. Come face to face with everything from otters to clownfish, sharks, seahorses and graceful stingrays and you can even meet the monkeys and reptiles in their stunning Amazonian feature! There are twelve talks and feeds on every day as well as over 30 displays to see and you can also participate in an exciting interactive sensory touch-pool experience.

Baltic Tour: The Artists’ Award Exhibition

The Baltic is a major international centre for contemporary art. Located by the on the banks of the River Tyne; the museum owns its very own observatory platform with amazing views of the whole city. Rather than exhibiting a permanent collection, it provides an ever changing calendar of exhibitions that display innovative new work and projects.

Battlezone Laser

Branded as ‘the ultimate laser tag experience in the North East;’ get ready to enter a world of adrenaline pumping, heart pounding action! Push your courage to the limit and use all your wits and skills against the enemy. You’ll need to employ cunning strategies and pull together as a tight-knit team of élite die-hards. The action all takes place in an urban battle environment like no other and is the most exhilarating destination for all you thrill-seekers out there.

BBC Newcastle Tour

Step behind the scenes of the hub of the BBC in the North East and see how they make television and radio come to life. The cameras are set for action, the news stories are being prepared and as the clocks count down, you can step into the shoes of a director or try out the presenter’s chair! No two tours are the same and with interactive elements and the chance to make your own TV and radio programme, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

Beach Trip with Fish and Chips

Come and see the beautiful coastline spanning throughout the historical villages of Tynemouth and Whitley Bay. A short trip on the metro will ensure you get there safely and we’re throwing some coastal grub into the mix with the famous ‘Marshall’s’ traditional fish and chips, for classic seaside food to get your taste buds tingling.

Better Extreme Trampoline Park

Dodge, dunk and dive into a heap of fun; experience a unique bouncing area with a mix of nine fun features including basketball and dodgeball. You can even challenge a friend on the famous ‘battle beam!’ With a huge main jump arena, you can learn to pull off crazy flips and their foam pits and performance walls mean you can really start to master those acrobatic tricks.


10 pins, 1 ball: who will be left standing? We’ll be heading down to Eldon Square Leisure centre, an exciting 8-lane tenpin bowling alley in the heart of Newcastle city centre including a fully equipped restaurant and bar.

Bubble Football

Bubble Football is an alternative and whacky way of playing the beautiful game. While wearing a Zorb-like inflatable bubble, players are encouraged to bounce, smash and crash into each other while fighting for possession of the ball. There is no room for fancy footwork in Bubble Football, just try to stay upright! if you have never played football before don’t worry as anyone can play, no footballing ability required!

Canny Kitchen: Cookery Class

Panicking about cooking for yourself after leaving home? Never fear, Canny Kitchen is here! Run by Carolyn Hough; who has more than 30 years experience in the catering industry, this class is an interactive, fun and informative cookery workshop. When you leave, not only will you have learned how to make 3 dishes but you will also come away with 20+ sets of recipes and loads of healthy eating and budgeting tips.

CatPawCino: Cat Café

Cuddle up to a furry, feline friend and relax at CatPawCino. The Cat Café is located on the beautiful Newcastle Quayside overlooking the River Tyne where they have a sit-in café which is home to 7 resident cats and also rescue cats from Friendz Feline. You’ll be welcomed in by a cat keeper, & you can eat, drink & watch the world go by whilst socialising with some delightful kitties.

Chinatown Buffet

Feast your senses on our buffet in the heart of Chinatown, serving traditional Cantonese Dim Sim, Szechuan and Beijing cuisine. Our venue is the Happiness Inn which was established 40 years ago and was the first Chinese restaurant opened in North East of England. Aptly named, it continues to be one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Newcastle.

Cocktail Training (Revolution)

Join us at Revolution for a cocktail masterclass; learn from expert cocktail makers about the best premium spirits and fresh, fruity ingredients. Take a guided tour through the dazzling world of mixology and get behind the bar to make your favourite cocktail. Enjoy! (over 18s only)

Crazy Golf: Lost World Adventure

Enjoy an 18-hole round of adventure golf set where an area in Tynemouth turns into a beautifully landscaped course of semitropical plants inhabited by fierce, water squirting dinosaurs. It’s the land that time forgot; test your skills around one of the most cleverly designed adventure golf courses you’re ever likely to find.

Discovery Museum: All the Fun of the Fair

Celebrate 135 of The Hoppings: play with a unique collection of 50 vintage coin-operated amusement machines, perfect your pinball skills, and even find out your fortune! As well as the hands-on vintage amusement machines the exhibition will explore the history and development of The Hoppings in a colourful, fun setting.

Dog & Scone: Dog Café

Based near Central Station, The Dog and Scone is a heaven for dog lovers. You can enjoy delicious cakes, coffees and teas, all in the company of our resident dogs. Can’t bring your own puppy to halls? Here’s a place where you can have a nice cup of tea and relax with some adorable pooches. The cafe has a garden themed design aimed to create exactly the environment you need to relax, and what could be better than spending that time with friendly four-pawed friends.

Durham Trip

Come to the historic city of Durham for a fantastic day out exploring the many sites that can be found here. The focal point of the city is Durham cathedral, which was founded over 900 years and you may recognise parts from the Harry Potter films: where some of Hogwarts was filmed! You can also climb the winding staircase to the top of the 66 metre high cathedral tower which offers spectacular panoramic views of the surroundings. Cruise the picturesque river and before heading into the centre of town to have a browse in some of the fantastic boutiques that Durham has to offer. If shopping isn’t your thing there are a wide range of pubs, cafes and restaurants to cater for every taste. There is so much to see and do in Durham it is the ideal place for a day trip!

Eldon Square Grub Crawl

Take a tour of Eldon Square and sample a starter, main and dessert from different restaurants in the newly opened ‘Grey’s Quarter.’ Experience 3 out of 20 massive food and drink outlets that are clustered in the quarter; with restaurants so passionate about their products, you’re sure to come back for more. Bella Italia, Tortilla & Crepe Affair.

EXIT Rooms

Experience Newcastle’s best live escape games! You get locked in a room, and the goal is to get out before the hour is up. You’ll have to complete different challenges and follow clues, guiding you to the EXIT. We are offering two different rooms on our timetable, so if you love one, you can try another! In ‘Save the City’ (medium difficulty) above the busy streets of Newcastle’s city centre, only you can stop the evil Ignatius Gouge, before it’s too late! Our second game is ‘The Attic’ (advanced difficulty, over 16s only). “Roses are red, violets are blue, someone is standing behind you;” handcuffed to a bench, you must work as a team and find the murderer, and the EXIT, before he finds you.

Ghost Walk

These Haunted City Tours have been voted by the public as one of the must do attractions in Newcastle Upon Tyne so we want to bring a whole new spooky experience to Freshers’ Week. For those interested in close encounters with the paranormal, this is where you want to be. Experience Electronic Voice Phenomenon at sites of local murders in one of the UK’s oldest cites; hear dark legends of ghostly headless horsemen and horrors of the witchcraft trials of 1649

Go Ape

Come along to a Tree Top Adventure full of fun and adventure in the clouds. Show off your balance, agility, co-ordination and strength by tackling award-winning high rope obstacles, leap off Tarzan Swings and glide down zip wires, all whilst enjoying breath-taking scenery.

Grainger Market Tour

Found right in the middle of Newcastle is the famous Grainger market which started over 180 years ago it contains a huge selection of vendors, from butchers and grocers to pancake makers and delicatessens with the freshest of produce. Joining us on a tour of the market will allow you to have free tasting samples from several of the fantastic food vendors that operate here. The friendly staff are always a fantastic source of advice of how to cook produce and what the best way to get the most out of your money! Getting to know them is always helpful for a little extra discount too.

Ice Skating

Join us at Whitley Bay at the most established ice rink in the country. In the past they have hosted many Olympic stars and concerts so let them roll out the red carpet for you, whether you’re an experienced skater or a total beginner. This has proven to be a wildly popular activity so get your skates on to avoid missing out!


Got that urge for some of IKEA’s famous Swedish meatballs? Or have you just gotten to your accommodation and realised that a rug would really tie the room together? A trip to IKEA is a great chance to kit out your room for the year ahead. Alternatively, if you fancy some retail therapy the Metro Centre is right next door! It’s one of the largest shopping complexes in Europe and there are shops that cater to every desire and a massive food court for every taste.

Jesmond Grub Crawl

Jesmond: home to some of Newcastle’s finest independent bars and restaurants (and the majority of second & third year students.) It is here where we’ll start and finish one of our famous ‘Grub Crawls.’ Enjoy your starter at ‘Scalini’s’ with an amazing range of Italian food, then we will move on to the main course at ‘Spy Bar,’ a classic student haunt with a menu jam packed with all the foods you love. Finally, we will end at 97&Social for something sweet to nibble on; their dessert menu draws on all the old school puddings you know and love. If you don’t leave stuffed, you haven’t done it right!

Kafeneon: Greek Banquet

A full Mediterranean dining experience with signature dishes like grilled halloumi on rocket salad, or homemade hummus and tzatziki dips with pitta. Experience a fine selection of salads, pastas and Greek burgers, with moussaka, chicken feta sizzler and smoky pulled pork. Kafeneon also mixes up creative cocktails and brews freshly ground coffee.

Krav Maga (Self Defence Class)

Challenge yourself and participate in a Self Defence class where you can learn close quarter combat skills from our experts. ‘Krav Maga Newcastle’ emphasises realistic, instinctive Self Defence training and deals with common street attacks, weapons and high risk situations. Training is dynamic, fast to learn, and instinctive to apply. Krav Maga is the world’s most battle proven self-protection system and is taught to over 500 Military Units and Law Enforcement Agencies across the world.

Monument Tour

Climb up the inside of Grey’s Monument and go all the way to the top on a tour with Newcastle City Guides. Learn about the history of Earl Charles Grey, the monument’s namesake and enjoy unrivalled views over the entire city and it’s magnificently preserved Georgian architecture.

Newcastle Castle: The Black Gate

Abundant in a bloody and thrilling history, Newcastle Castle is a great trip for the history lovers among you! An informative and interactive museum displays artefacts discovered within the castle grounds, and gives insight into the rich history of the castle that gave the city its name. Exhibits across the West Gate and Castle Keep will indulge you in the exciting past of a site that dates back to the Romans in 400AD.

Newcastle’s Gory Past

The Gory Tour of Newcastle is a tour designed to tell you the stories of Newcastle’s darker past. Let Iles History Tours show you where Newcastle’s Necromancer lived, explain to you about the civil war, body-snatchers and the Great Fire of Newcastle. This tour has been written specifically to surround you with all the gory facts! Tours are two hours long.

Ouseburn Farm

Head on down to the edgiest part of Newcastle for a lovely afternoon visiting and helping out with the adorable animals at Ouseburn Farm. This beautiful setting is home to a wonderful community based farm that aims to teach and get people involved in sustainable agricultural techniques with their environmental and animal based projects. With all sorts of cuddly friends and even a tortoise you’ll be sure to love this interactive city farm trip!

Paddleboarding and Kayaking

Grab a kayak for a journey along the along the Northumberland coast, exploring bays, harbours and caves. Then it’s time for a challenge or two if you’re game: stand on your kayak and practise your gondolier or see if you can ‘portage’ from boat to boat. Stand Up Paddle Boarding is the fastest growing watersport in the world and now it’s right on your doorstep. Our coach will get you standing up in no time and then you can start exploring the coast or maybe even catch a wave!


Test your sharp-shooting skills and your agility on this activity – one hit and you’re out. Come and play in a Wild West town with sculpted mounds, trenches, 10ft tall pyramids and dug-in army turrets. Combat overalls are provided to cover you and absorb the splats; strap on your ammo belt and reload on the go.With 100 free paintballs to play with, which team will be victorious?

Pets Corner @ Jesmond Dene

Pets Corner, in the heart of Jesmond Dene, is a popular, family-friendly visitor attraction. You'll find animals of all shapes and sizes, including alpacas, pot-bellied pigs, goats and sheep alongside rabbits and colourful birds and much more!

Pitcher and Piano

On the city side of the Millennium Bridge is one of Newcastle’s most iconic bars with the beautifully decorated and located Pitcher and Piano. With gorgeous views of the Quayside and the Tyne River it’s the perfect setting for any occasion. Have a delicious meal and relax on the restaurant’s mezzanine balcony.

Quad Biking & Mud Buggying

Test your skill as a driver (no licence necessary) on fully automatic Grizzly quad bikes. You will have to over come giant quad see-saws, climb concrete tubes and negotiate uneven terrain. At the end of your quad biking session; there’s more to come, blast around the track in an extreme off-road mud buggy.

Redhouse: Beer, Burger & Brewery Tour

Follow us to the Quayside to try some of Newcastle’s finest ales, ciders and sample a sensational selection of chicken wings and ribs. You get to see where the real magic happens as this adventure is topped off with a tour of their very own brewery. Come on down for great food, beer and banter.

Rock Climbing

Get kitted up, put your faith in their belay lines and sample all of ‘Vertigo’s’ 19 climbing towers. Challenge yourself or a friend on the 40m high walls to climb or race your way to success.

Segedunum: Roman Fort

One of the most excavated sites along Hadrian ’s Wall, the Segedunum Roman fort is alive with history. With an interactive museum covering the site’s history from Romans to the present you can explore the past through re-enactment films and artefacts discovered at the site. The bath houses on site are extremely well excavated and preserved giving an insight into Segedunum’s rich history. The fort marks the very end/start of Hadrian’s Wall, with an informative museum about the wall’s past and purpose. You can even go up to the viewing tower that gives a beautiful view over the site, the river and the city beyond.

Sight Seeing City Bus Tour

Take a journey around the city and enjoy the view from the top of an open top double-decker bus. Take a full tour round the city with an audio tour giving a great insight into the history of your new home. The hour long tour in this bright red bus is a super way to get to know the surrounding area and pass by some of the city’s most iconic sites such as the 19th century St. Thomas' church and St James’ Park football stadium!

Spot White Snooker & Pool

Spot White is Newcastle’s most popular snooker club with an amazing range of equipment and tables. Serving food and drinks into the early hours of the morning Spot White is a great place for any occasion whether it be a casual quiet drink with friends, a date or even a night out! Containing plentiful and varied snooker tables as well as air hockey, table tennis and a great bar too. You’ll be fed on your visit with nachos chips and chicken strips so if you’re feeling peckish and in the mood to shoot some pool this is definitely one for you!

St James' Park Tour

Located in the heart of the city, a short walk from the university, St. James' Park rises proudly from Newcastle's iconic skyline. Come and experience the rich history of the magnificent stadium which has been the club's home since 1892. From executive boxes to the players’ changing rooms the amazing squad of knowledgeable tour guides all combine to give you a deeper understanding of the club and its heritage.

Stubrew Tour

Stu Brew is Europe’s first student run microbrewery, here you can learn about the brewing process from start to finish and get an insight into how StuBrew operates. With us you’ll be able to enjoy an exclusive tour of their breweries and sample their famous ‘Extended Overdraft’ – but you might have to wait until second year to experience it in real life!

The Gate Grub Crawl

The Gate is Newcastle’s premier leisure and entertainment centre. They have a wide range of restaurants and cafes, pubs, bars and clubs. Come and explore the Gate for yourself in the best way possible, the way that involves a free 3 course meal, and sign up to the Gate Grub Crawl. You’ll have your starter in Pizza Hut and then move onto the delicious RUB Smokehouse for your main course, finishing it all off with a tasty dessert in Nandos! The Grub Crawls are one of the best ways to try out lots of restaurants in just one trip and is the perfect trip for any food lover!

Toon Food: An Introduction

We have chosen the best of local cuisine and hand-picked unique vendors to be included in our ‘Toon Food’ brand so that you can experience great quality food first-hand, whilst supporting local businesses.

Toon Food: Fat Hippo

The Fat Hippo Underground restaurant is a hidden gem in the centre of Newcastle serving up some of the best burgers in the Toon! The cool and comfortable interior is a lovely place to sit down and tuck in to any of the delicious treats on the menu. With a sister restaurant in Jesmond these two local eateries will without a doubt become some of your favourite places to eat out!

Toon Food: Longhorns

Truly dedicated to taste, Longhorns use only British livestock rubbed with a blend of authentic spices to create their signature flavour. Everything is made fresh from sauces to slaws and for those the vegetarians among you; they make a mean mac & cheese.

Toon Food: Mr Lynch

Mr Lynch has some of the best pub grub in Newcastle! Their food is all freshly prepared from local produce, a stylish bar that prides itself in homemade cooking. Scrummy food cooked with a generous heart will delight enlightened souls with its free-spirited refreshing and uncomplicated menu. Known also for its delicious cocktails come and see Mr Lynch in a different light and come on down for a delicious meal in this chic bar environment.

Toon Food: Pudding Parlour (Cupcake Decorating)

The Pudding Parlour is a unique award winning dessert boutique company based in Prudhoe with stores located in Newcastle, Prudhoe and Morpeth. Coming to the Student Union to give taster classes in cupcake decorating get creative with your icing and learn how to make beautiful patterns and shapes. A great activity for a lover of baking or anyone that wants to show off fancy desserts to friends or family!

Toon Food: Purple Bear

  A recent addition to Northumberland Street this tucked away treasure serves some delicious “Beargurs” and lots of other great bar food classics. Fanatics about bars and their food the owners decided to take on the business for themselves to focus on everything they love about the industry: great drinks, tasty food and BBQ! This really is a great place for a meal out so come and give it a try with our taster Toon Food session!

Toon Food: The Herb Garden (Vegan & Veggie)

A Toon Food event for the veggies and vegans amongst you! Sign up for a wonderful vegan meal at the herb garden, come and tuck in to a communal table of delicious food in this adorable little restaurant down by Newcastle Castle. The Herb Garden has a modern and relaxed atmosphere serving some of the best vegan and vegetarian cuisine in Newcastle.

Toon Food: Zapatista

  Zapatista is Newcastle’s best Mexican inspired Burrito Bar. Right in the heart of the city it’s a popular choice for any meal of the day and even has a Sunday lunch inspired burrito! The traditional Mexican burritos use the finest ingredients formulated to create the perfect recipe, and handmade before your eyes. So sign up and roll up to this yummy daytime activity!

Victoria Tunnel

  Delve into Newcastle's past with a tour through a nineteenth century wagon way running under the city from the Town Moor down to the Tyne. Follow your guides underground to discover the tunnel’s fascinating history. Wear suitable, closed toe shoes and wear a washable warm fleece jacket (or similar).

Virtual Reality - Belong by Game

BELONG has landed. A cutting-edge Gaming Arena where you get the chance to play hard, test the latest tech and join other likeminded gamers across multiple platforms including PC, PS4 and Xbox One. It’s an opportunity to catch up and challenge pals in person, not over a headset, because gaming together is altogether better. It’s time to BELONG.

Yogalates (Yoga/Pilates)

  Come along to a yoga, tai chi and pilates inspired workout, leaving you strong, calm and centred. Feel balanced as you learn controlled breathing and a carefully structured series of stretches, moves and poses for a holistic workout that brings the body into a state of harmony. This is the perfect way to rebalance and relax during this busy week so take some time for yourself and sign up to Yogalates.

Food Wars

Introducing “Food Wars”: an event that is sure to be a gastronomic highlight of the Newcastle University’s Freshers’ Week calendar. Join us at 12pm for an afternoon of delicious food where we will be showcasing the finest food Newcastle has to offer!

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